From left to right:  Hattie Johnson from Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Patrick Leduc, Knights of Columbus, Ted Kessler and Debbie Kessler, founders of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Patrick Galivan, board member of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

SB Knights of Columbus Donate $57k to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

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Thursday June 30, 2011

Knights of Columbus Council 7525 in South Burlington, hosted a special event in South Hero June 15 to  present a large donation—$57,000—to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. 

The local Council had recently held its annual “Super Bingo” as well as a “Calcutta” to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a summer camp for kids affected by cancer.  Much of the fund-raising came after a break-in and vandalism of the Knights of Columbus hall this past year. 

At the formal check presentation ceremony were many of the Council members and community members who had helped to raise the funds.  The local Knights of Columbus have made Camp Ta-Kum-Ta one of their major fund raising focuses over the years,  raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local camp.  Through their annual “Super Bingo” event the Knights raise money through bingo players and individual and corporate donations from a variety of local establishments. 

“We are very happy to continue our support of the camp again this year.  It’s so rewarding to see the community rally around such a great cause following our break-in” said resident Patrick Leduc, Grand Knight for the council. “The Knights of Columbus have been instrumental in the ongoing support of the camp for many years and we’re committed to its founder’s statement that, until there’s a cure, there will be a camp.”